Democrat Photo by Frank Rizzo
BACK: Ryan OMara of
Jeff-Youngsville dives back to first base in
Thursdays game against Delaware Valley.
OMara beat the pickoff attempt from pitcher
Terrance Fink to first baseman Cody Bojo.
Keeps Eagles at Bay
By Frank Rizzo
JEFFERSONVILLE May 16, 2000 -- The ball came off Terrance
Finks bat with authority, headed for the opposite
field, into the gap.
I thought it would drop, but we have a good left
fielder, said the deliver of the pitch,
Jeff-Youngsvilles Maynard Schmidt.
Left fielder Justin Pinkel flagged the ball down, saving
a potential tying run from scoring and preserving the
Trojans 6-5 win over their Western Sullivan League (WSL) rivals in
I was waiting for [Pinkel] to catch the ball so my
heart could beat again, said Dan Hart, coach of the
top-ranked Class D team in the state, which remained on
top of the WSL standings and kept its record spotless.
The Eagles entered the top of the seventh down 6-5 and
Schmidt struck out the first two batters, Billy Reichmann
and Gary Hubert. But then James Sykes lined a double to
right and the J-Y coaching staff decided to intentionally
walk Rory Carrier.
That brought up Fink, Schmidts counterpart, who
nearly tied the contest.
The hosts jumped out in front in the first. With one out
Jon Fanning singled and Ryan OMara walked. After
Fink whiffed Adam Hauser for the second out, Schmidt
smashed a ground-rule double to score Fanning.
OMara, on third, then scored on a passed ball.
In the third Hauser reached on an error and Schmidt
walked. They executed a double steal, and Hauser scored
when Kyle Bright grounded to short.
James Christiansen then singled to score Schmidt and put
the Trojans up 4-0.
Sykes led off the Eagle fifth, reaching on an error.
Carrier then crushed a Schmidt offering, sending a
major-league shot over the fence in left center and
halving the J-Y lead.
Later in the inning, DH Norman Bauer scored Cody Bojo
with a double before Schmidt fanned Jeremiah Johnson
looking to end the DV rally.
The Trojans struck back in their half of the fourth. Jim
Kautz led off with a single, then advanced on a passed
ball and Fannings grounder. OMara then
tripled, and went on to score when the relay throw went
astray, putting J-Y back up 6-3.
Carrier followed up on his home run by whistling a ball
to center field for a single. Fink bounced back to
Schmidt, but his throw to second drew OMara off the
bag and Carrier was safe. Both runners moved up when Ian
Detch grounded to short, and Carrier then scored on
Bojo broke for second, and catcher Jim Kautzs throw
got past Fanning at second, allowing Fink to score
DVs final run.
Schmidt improved to 40 on the season, yielding
seven hits and striking out nine.
I approach every game the same, Schmidt
noted, downplaying the rivalry. I dont play
teams, I play games. I have a lot of friends at DV and I
respect them. They play hard and never give up.
We knew it would be tight, said Hart, noting
that this was the third attempt to play this game; the
first had been snowed out, the second cancelled because
it was too cold to play.
Hart noted that his main pitcher helped himself in the
off season by playing on the countys Connie Mack
It helped his confidence, facing some really good
hitters, Hart said.
Tom Connell assumed the head coaching duties on Thursday
after Bill Kirk had to tend to some family matters.
Theyre a good team, they showed why
theyre number one in the state, Connell said,
praising the efforts of both staring pitchers.
Maybe missing the head coach made us a little bit
unprepared, Connell confessed. Im not
used to coaching third. Maybe some things could have been
This [win] was a total team effort, Hart
commented. We have a good group of kids who battle,
and theyre handling [the number one ranking]